Defending Champion Dylan Teuns Returns to Tour de Pologne31. July 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
After claiming his maiden UCI WorldTour stage race victory at the 2017 Tour de Pologne, Dylan Teuns will return to the seven-stage race this Saturday to defend his title.
Teuns will be joined by a strong team at the tough stage race, including Rohan Dennis, Sports Director Maximilian Sciandri said.
“We are lining up with the defending champion, Dylan Teuns, and realistically it would be good to have another podium again. Of course winning is the goal, but it’s always hard to UCI WorldTour stage races especially ones like Tour de Pologne which is won and lost by seconds like last year. So, a podium result with Dylan would be great and we will also target a stage win with any of the guys. We have a great team with a lot of strong guys like Rohan Dennis, Jurgen Roelandts, and Alberto Bettiol,” Sciandri explained.
“I think it will be a pretty open race. The stages are shorter than last year, they are all around 150-160km so I’m expecting fast and aggressive racing."
Teuns is looking forward to returning to Poland and starting the second half of the season.
“I think Tour de Pologne has more or less the same hard stages every year, with the tough uphill finishes that suit me well. They are hard stages but last year I survived, and the stage where I took the stage win last year is coming back so overall it’s a nice course, and one I’m looking forward to,” Teuns said.
"Of course, it will be hard to get the same result but after the hard work I have put in in the last month I am pretty confident about my shape. I’m ready to fight again to try to have some nice results."
Tour de Pologne (4-10 August)
Rider roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Jurgen Roelandts (BEL), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI)
Sports Directors: Maximilian Sciandri (ITA), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL)